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The Grange Review - November 2014

 

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We congregated in The Nut and Squirrel, which is one of my favourite muster points on the Curry Club map. There always seems to be a lively and friendly atmosphere and tonight was no exception. The Nutty Squirrel has a good selection of lagers for the louts and beers for the old farts, so should cater for most tastes in your average male night out (and we are very average).

 

After tales of the past months trials and tribulations and number of looseners, it was off to the Grange, with Iain performing a double shuffle as he was the only driver this evening. As I was one of those in the second run, the table was already occupied by the early birds and a selection of drinks had been served. Our drinks order was taken and served promptly.

The usual pops and pickles arrived in a timely fashion and we set about dispatching them with gusto. A point to note here that the waiting staff were quietly efficient at replacing empty pickle trays without prompting from us. The head waiter took the time to come over, introduce himself and make us feel welcome as well as offering to provide help with choosing our meals.

 

As usual a variety of starters, mains and sides, rices and naans were ordered. The waiter, again taking time to explain heat levels or adjust dishes as requested by the members. Starters were served in 20 minutes and having chosen something that I had never seen on a menu before, I was relishing the opportunity to tuck in. I had ordered the Panir Tikka Shashlik,

which was everything I had hoped for. Tikka’d Panir, slightly blackened giving excellent texture and flavour, this was well presented on the dish with a fresh side salad. It was a great starter and one for anyone who fancys something a little out of the ordinary. There were generally positive murmurs around the table about the starters, with one esteemed clubber complimenting the thickness of the meat (on his chop).

 

On to the main event and the high standard of the meal so far dropped a little for me. While the flavour, heat and spiciness of my Lamb Chilli Masala was very good, it was a very unappetising brown colour, which in itself wouldn’t have been too bad but it was also a little too thick for me. This is, of course, a personal preference and others may find it more to their liking. A chick pea salad was provided as a taster dish for the table, which was a revelation and one that I would recommend you try if you are a chana masala sort of person.

 

I would describe the restaurant setting as having clean lines and a modern look enhanced with mood lighting. Overall this was a good meal, however, good is very much the norm in MK now, and I think improvements can be made to some of the dishes, which would result in a better overall score.

 

Judge Methi

Common Curry - Average prices for the menu choices

Certificate - no certificate awarded

Web site - http://www.thegrangemk.co.uk/

Summary - Very attentive service, pleasant location and reasonable value

 

Other Comments

Positive:

  • Panir Tikka shaslik starter, flavoursome and tender
  • Lamb chops, thick and excellent
  • Bhindi bhaj very good, other veggies average
  • Lal Maas very good - firey
  • Lamb Tawa Gosht very nice

Negative:

  • Long wait for both starters and mains
  • Lamb dhansak - too tough and spicy
  • Lamb Nawabi, not as tender as expected
  • Very doughy parata, bread quite poor in general

 

 

 

 

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